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Program Eligibility Requirements and Application Process

To ensure the safety of our patients and employees as a condition of employment, clinical privileges or program participation, Gundersen Health System (GHS) requires all staff to be fully vaccinated as defined by Employee Health Services for COVID-19 regardless of work location. In addition, all non-employee personnel, volunteers, residents, fellows, trainees, clinical and non-clinical contracted staff, students, researchers, temporary workers, contractors, and vendors, at any worksite or remote location, regardless of clinical responsibility or patient contact, are required to comply.

Program Information

A centralized application system (RF-PTCAS) is required for those interested in applying to our program. We also request that you complete our brief application form on the next tab to alert us of your interest.

Applicant eligibility requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited Physical Therapy program
  • Possession or application for Wisconsin State Physical Therapy license (candidates from entry-level physical therapy programs may apply for a temporary licensure to allow you to practice under the supervision of a licensed PT while you await the passing of the board examination)
  • Completion of a Medical Emergency Response course sponsored by the American Academy of Sports Physical Therapy prior to beginning the program (requirement may be waved with evidence of possession of other emergency response credentials: ATC, EMT, etc.)
  • Applications will only be accepted through a centralized application system (RF-PTCAS) with a submission deadline of Dec. 1 of each respective year

Selection of applicants

A committee composed of the residency director, medical and administrative directors and residency faculty will determine overall selection. Applications submitted through RF-PTCAS will be reviewed by the selection committee to determine candidates eligible for formal interviews. Because of concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, Gundersen Medical Foundation has stipulated that all formal program interviews will take place virtually. As part of the interview process, candidates will meet with members of the program administration, faculty and current residents. The interview will include a 30-minute session devoted to a discussion of a specific patient case example to provide the faculty with some insight as to candidates’ thought processes and background knowledge in managing this simulated patient scenario. Candidates also will be required to provide a 20-minute presentation on a research topic that they may wish to explore during the completion of the program. The format for presentation may include but is not limited to:

Identification of topic area

Why you are interested in the topic

Brief literature review

How you would accomplish the project; possible methodology

Our admission decision date is in early March, and the proposed start date is late June of each respective year.

We welcome any inquiries or questions you may have about our program. Please feel free to contact the Program Director, Ryan Swetkovich, MPT, OCS, SCS, CSCS at [email protected] or our Associate Program Director, Nate Vannatta, PT, DPT, SCS at [email protected].


Applicants for the Gundersen Sports Medicine Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program are required to have graduated from an accredited Master's or Doctoral entry-level physical therapy program. Possession or application for Wisconsin state physical therapy licensure is also required.

Candidates from entry-level physical therapy programs may apply for a temporary licensure to allow you to practice under the supervision of a certified PT while you await the passing of the board examination.

Applications will be accepted until December 1 through RF-PTCAS.

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1900 South Ave.
La Crosse, WI 54601

(608) 782-7300

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